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Stella (Maluta) Lelyk
July 19, 1923 ~ January 28, 2024 (age 100) 100 Years Old
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With heavy hearts and fond memories, we announce the passing of our Mother and Baba. Mom passed away peacefully on Sunday January 28, 2024 with her children by her side, at the age of 100.
Left to cherish her memories are her son Glenn (Linda), daughter Karen (John) Hickey, grandchildren Blake (Ashley), Jessica (Ashton), Ryan (Courtenay), Lindsay (Kolan), Michael (Alexandra), and six great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Walter, brother Fred Maluta, sisters Olga Boychuk and Mary Tyzuk, and infant sister Alma.
Stella grew up in Shortdale Manitoba helping in the family store while going to school. She later moved to Winnipeg living with her Aunt so she could finish high school. After high school she attended Normal School (teachers college) in Winnipeg. She then went on to teach in various communities in Southwestern Manitoba before landing her final teaching job at Smith Jackson School in Dauphin. Here is where she met her future husband Walter and started their family. Stella left teaching to work in the family business, The Mall Department Store, that she later owned until the store closed in the late 70’s.
Stella was an active member of St.George's Ukrainian Orthodox church, taught Sunday school for many years, and upon retirement spent many hours making perogies in the hall with the church group. She was an active member of the Order of the Royal Purple for many years.
Upon retiring, she developed a keen interest in golf with a membership at the Gilbert Plains golf course and she also curled in the seniors league. After the passing of her husband, Stella wanted something to fill her time, so she started a weekly bridge group that kept her busy for many years. Stella also enjoyed her time at the senior centre, participating in many of their activities. Stella loved to walk and kept a daily rigorous walking schedule up until her nineties. She loved her flower and vegetable gardens and spending time outdoors.
Her grandchildren have many wonderful memories of spending time with Baba. She taught them how to make perogies, bread, bake cakes, and cookies. When with her grandchildren, Baba loved playing hide and seek, dress up, soccer, and she even dressed up in full hockey goalie equipment while the kids took shots on her. All the kids' friends wanted to be over when Baba was visiting. Baba loved every minute that she spent with her grandchildren and there wasn't anything she wouldn't do for them.
The family would like to thank the staff at Lions Prairie Manor for the great care they gave Mom and the staff at the Portage General Hospital for their care and compassion in her last days.
Prayers will be offered on Sunday February 4, 2024, at 7:30 pm from the Sneath Strilchuk Family Care Centre in Dauphin.
A Funeral Service will be held for Stella on Monday, February 5, 2024 at 10:00 am from the St. George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Dauphin with Fr. Brent Kuzyk officiating.
Interment will follow in the Riverside Cemetery - Dauphin.
In Lieu of flowers donations may be made to a charity of your choice.